SOCE Exam Content and Preparation

Question Development

To ensure validity, the exam questions:
  • are taken directly from the basic recruit training curriculum.
  • are written by FDLE members and external Subject Matter Experts.
  • are reviewed by Subject Matter Experts prior to inclusion on an exam.
  • are field tested until the item performs appropriately.
  • will not contain an “all of the above / none of the above” answer option.
Topic Areas for Each Discipline
(Basic Recruit Classes or EOT Candidates)
CJK 0002 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CJK 0016 Communication
CJK 0018 Legal
CJK 0019 Interviewing & Reporting Writing
CJK 0063 Fundamentals of Patrol
CJK 0021 Serving Your Community
CJK 0072 Crimes Against Persons
CJK 0073 Crimes Involving Property and Society
CJK 0079 Crime Scene Follow-up Investigations
CJK 0400 Traffic Incidents
CJK 0401 Traffic Stops
CJK 0402 Traffic Crash Investigations
CJK 0403 DUI Traffic Stopes
CJK 0093 Critical Incidents
CJK 0020 Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations
CJK 0031 First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0040 Criminal Justice Firearms
CJK 0051 Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0421 Conducted Electrical Weapon/Dart-Firing Stun Gun
CJK 0023 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CJK 0024 Legal Concepts
CJK 0025 Patrol and Professional Communication
CJK 0026 Interactions in a Diverse Community
CJK 0027 Calls for Service and Arrest Procedures
CJK 0028 Traffic Stops and Crash Investigations
CJK 0029 Crime Scene and Courtroom Procedures
CJK 0020 Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations
CJK 0031 First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0040 Criminal Justice Firearms
CJK 0051 Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0421 Conducted Electrical Weapon/Dart-Firing Stun Gun
CJK 0031 First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0040 Criminal Justice Firearms
CJK 0051 Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0300 Introduction to Corrections
CJK 0305 Communications
CJK 0310 Officer Safety
CJK 0315 Facility and Equipment
CJK 0320 Intake and Release
CJK 0325 Supervising in a Correctional Facility
CJK 0330 Supervising Special Populations
CJK 0335 Responding to Incidents and Emergencies
CJK 0260 Introduction to Correctional Probation
CJK 0264 Legal Foundations for Correctional Probation
CJK 0265 Communications
CJK 0266 Intake and Orientation
CJK 0267 Caseload Management
CJK 0268 Supervision of Offenders
CJK 0269 Field Supervision
CJK 0031 First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers
CJK 0051 Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics
CJK 0040 Criminal Justice Firearms

Field Testing

All examinations contain experimental or “field” test questions. Field test questions expand and improve the bank of questions from which future examinations will be developed. This is a common practice used by national and state examination programs and is a critical step in ensuring the continued validity of the examinations.

Field test questions will NOT be counted when computing the test score. The time allowed for testing has been evaluated to ensure that there is adequate time for completing test questions and field test questions during the allotted examination time.
Discipline Total # of
Graded Questions
Field Test
Correct Number
to Pass
Time Allowed
Law Enforcement – FLEA 200 190 10 152 3 hours
Law Enforcement Auxiliary 110 100 10 80 1½ hours
Corrections – CMS 200 190 10 152 3 hours
Correctional Probation – FCPO 200 190 10 156 3 hours

General Format for Examination Questions (Samples Only)

The following questions are generic and are provided only as examples of question format.

Which of the following is the most apparent sign of exposure to cutaneous anthrax?
A. allergic reaction
B. mental impairment
C. repeated vomiting
D. skin infection

Which of the following statements, regarding liability issues, is accurate?

A. If it is proven at trial that an officer committed a tort or civil rights violation as part of his/her duties, the employing agency will likely be liable for damages, either through direst liability, and/or through vicarious liability.
B. Commonly, actions taken which will cause direct liability include negligent hiring of a problem employee, negligent assignment of duties to a person who does not have the ability to perform them, or negligent retention of a problem employee, but does not include failure to train an employee.
C. Sovereign Immunity laws provide some of the most important protections for governmental agencies. These laws include lists of circumstances and requirements that must be met in order for an agency to be sued, but do not cover employees.
D. Employing agencies of any full-time law enforcement officers are required to pay the legal costs, including attorney’s fees, for any officers charged with civil or criminal actions if they occur during the performance of official duties.

In accordance with Florida Statutes, which situation describes when any person may be entitled to the restoration of all rights of citizenship enjoyed prior to a felony conviction?

A. Conditional pardon has been received from the court
B. Final release has been granted by the Department of Corrections
C. Full pardon is received from the Board of Pardons
D. Portion of two-thirds of the sentence imposed has been served

Which of the following are examples of legal documents requiring editing and proofreading?

A. certified probation orders
B. court handling slips
C. institutional work orders
D. treatment referrals

Fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, weight loss, weakness and spitting up blood, are symptoms most often associated with:

B. Hepatitis
C. Tuberculosis
D. type C virus

Anaphylactic shock may be caused by:

A. acute allergic reaction
B. diabetic coma
C. epileptic seizure
D. heart fibrillation

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.